Gautam Gambhir Likely to Succeed Rahul Dravid: Sourav Ganguly


Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has indicated that Gautam Gambhir is poised to become the next head coach of the Indian cricket team following the T20 World Cup. “I think he will be the next coach (for Team India),” Ganguly remarked to the media.

With Rahul Dravid’s tenure as head coach concluding after the T20 World Cup, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is deliberating on his successor. Dravid has expressed his decision not to renew his contract. Reflecting on his tenure, Dravid previously mentioned, “Every game I have coached for India is important. This is the last tournament in job. I have enjoyed coaching India, it is great to work with these boys. It is a special job. But there are schedules where I find myself that at this stage of my life, I won’t be able to apply.”

Gambhir, a former left-handed opener for India, is seen as the leading candidate for the head coach position. He recently served as the team mentor for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the 2024 Indian Premier League (IPL) season, where KKR clinched their third IPL title.

Ganguly also praised the Indian team for reaching the T20 World Cup final. “To get to two World Cup finals in 7 months speaks volumes about the capability & strength of the team… They will not make any changes to the team and this is Rohit Sharma’s leadership style. It will be the same team… I wish they win it tomorrow,” he said.

India is set to face South Africa in the T20 World Cup final on Saturday at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados.

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